How Much Is Your Time Worth

You have very few hours here on this earth. Would you spend five of them doing extra work for free? Would you waste one on being angry? The truth is, most people value their time at far, far less than it’s worth. They say yes to things they have no business doing. They spend hours watching low-quality television and social media when they should be productive and effective.

Time has various levels of quality. What if you placed a high value on your time? How would that change you? Your life? Your family? Your future? Imagine that an hour of your time is worth $1,000. What would your life look like? What people would you stop putting up with? What problems would you stop wasting time on? What things would you stop-and start-doing? Your results would be incredible. You'd become exponentially more productive, focused, and effective.

In the last 30 years, the multi-century trend of the best-paid workers working less than the lowest-paid workers has been turned on its head. Today, the best paid are about twice as likely to work long hours as the most poorly paid. According to the survey, the vast majority of professionals (94%) worked 50 hours or more a week, and almost half worked more than 65 hours a week.

Learn to spend time efficiently

  1. Choose good problems

Life is short (as always be told) so why waste it doing something dumb? It’s easy to start working on something because it’s convenient, but you should always be questioning yourself about it. Is there something more important you can work on? Why don’t you do that instead? Such questions are hard to face up to (eventually, if you follow this rule, you’ll have to ask yourself why you’re not working on the most important problem in the world) but each little step makes you more productive.

It takes discipline to not become "busy." If you let it, your world and the people around you will take all your time. Your time is not unlike your paycheck; if you don't budget for things, you'll have nothing left over by the end of the month. This is how lives are wasted-by doing thankless work for ungrateful takers that didn't deserve your time in the first place.

2. Have a bunch of them

Another common myth is that you’ll get more done if you pick one problem and focus on it exclusively. I find this is hardly ever true. Just this moment for example, I’m trying to fix my posture, exercise some muscles, drink some fluids, clean off my desk, and write this essay. Over the course the day, I’ve worked on this essay, read a book, had some food, answered some email, chatted with friends, done some shopping, worked on a couple other essays, backed up my hard drive, and organized my book list. In the past week I’ve worked on several different software projects, read several different books, studied a couple different programming languages, moved some of my stuff, and so on.

Having a lot of different projects gives you work for different qualities of time. Plus, you’ll have other things to work on if you get stuck or bored (and that can give your mind time to unstick yourself).

It also makes you more creative. Creativity comes from applying things you learn in other fields to the field you work in. If you have a bunch of different projects going in different fields, then you have many more ideas you can apply.

3. Make a list

Coming up with a bunch of different things to work on shouldn’t be hard-most people have tons of stuff they want to get done. But if you try to keep it all in your head it quickly gets overwhelming. The psychic pressure of having to remember all of it can make you crazy. The solution is again simple: write it down.

Once you have a list of all the things you want to do, you can organize it by kind. Most major projects involve a bunch of these different tasks. Writing this, for example, involves reading about other procrastination systems, thinking up new sections of the article, cleaning up sentences, emailing people with questions, and so on, all in addition to the actual work of writing the text. Each task can go under the appropriate section, so that you can do it when you have the right kind of time.

4. Integrate the list with your life and learn to be focus

Once you have this list, the problem becomes remembering to look at it. And the best way to remember to look at it is to make looking at it what you would do anyway.,and learn to be focus.

Extremely successful people don't tolerate busywork or distraction. They have crystal-clear vision on their goals, and do what they need to do to get there, every single day.

Deep work means absolutely not tolerating distractions and producing monumental quality and quantity in a very short time. This is how you can complete far more with focused efforts than unfocused efforts with far more time.

Do you want incredible productivity? Then cultivate extreme focus with whatever you do. If you don't manage your time, it will manage you.

As You Think, So You Are

You teach people how to treat you. If you let people know your time are free and low-valued, people will treat it as such. But if you teach people that your time is expensive, important, and valuable, then people will respond in kind. What you think is what you become. If you think your time is worth a few bucks an hour, then you'll begin to act like it. You'll find yourself saying "yes" to meaningless, pointless obligations. But if, in your heart, you know your time is valuable, people will recognize that. People will respect that. People will treat you differently.

Author William Irvine wrote: "People are unhappy in large part because they are confused about what is valuable."

If you don't treat yourself and your time with respect, you will become unhappy, resentful, and tired. Your body and mind long for mastery and freedom; you can't have those things if your time is cheap and easily taken.

You become what you are. You attract what you look for. As you think, so you are. Treat your time as a valuable commodity, and people will begin to treat it like that, too.

In Conclusion

In reality, a lot of people are living a frenzied, busy life. They wear their business as a badge of honor, and brag about their full schedules. To be honest, How do you value your time? Take stock of the things you did this week. How many of them were worthwhile? How many activities was a true waste of time?

Value your time at what it deserves to be. The higher the value, the more important and productive work you'll do-and the less trivial and mindless tasks you'll get caught in.

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